Keeping the news coming on this Tuesday afternoon, we've got an assortment of updates to get to today, including new song uploads from two very different local bands (one defunct, one active), and more assorted notes from the last week or so, along with a new band discovery, so here's what you need to know!
We have a new Sault Ontario band to add to our band links, and they are new local grunge duo Bad Back! You may remember them as the de facto headliners at the June 27th Oddfellows Hall concert that was to have featured Ahna & Powercup, and while they've had a Twitter page since February that I already knew about, it completely slipped my mind until now to plug on here (blame my limited use of Twitter.) The posts seem to back up the band's lineup, featuring AlgomA drummer Jamie Vincent and his former Fuller bandmate Nathan Sauve (also known as Lion Ride's original bassist), though I'm not sure who sings lead. Described alternately as grunge and "Sooludge" on Twitter, their Twitter page (which I believe Jamie runs) revealed last week that they were "almost ready to record", although anything more specific isn't known, nor is any media samples of their sound or their debut last month. However, Bad Back did reveal on Saturday that they've found "a new venue" that they'll try out for the previously hyped August 12th show that Jamie was promoting featuring Edmonton grunge band Catgut, closing the tweet by saying "THE NEW A!!!"
Are they referencing The New American Pub House on the corner of Bay & Brock Street, or does that have an alternate meaning? Either way, that looks like Bad Back's next show, and we'll keep you posted when something more official is announced! I'm intrigued by the idea of a new local hard rock band with just two members, as I did see value out of similar past acts like Sue Inside & Sounds From The Green Room, but we'll have to see what comes next for Bad Back in terms of media, gigs, and updates. Stay tuned for more as it comes in!
Next up, here's a surprise new song upload from defunct local hard rock cover quartet Sneaky Pete! Over a year after their sudden breakup, guitarist Mario Carlucci uploaded this recording of the band covering The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" onto his YouTube channel on Sunday, which is similar though not exactly the same as the version on their old MySpace page (the different guitar work after the first chorus is clear proof.) However, both are well performed (if not exceedingly heavy), and Mario and the guys show solid instrumental skills, but Mike Oakley's vocals are noticeably stronger on the verses compared to the choruses. It's ironic that this gets posted just days away from our Defunct Local Band Profile on them (coming tomorrow), but it's nice to hear some new media from their two year run, and give this new-ish recording a listen below!
Also today, here's the latest song posting from local death/grind solo project Brutaly Fatal, as their song "Stomp Your Brains Out" from their first demo was posted onto their label Blood Shed Productions' YouTube channel on June 26th! It's mostly a 72 second exercise in bass playing with limited death growling, and it's a bit too minimal for my liking (even compared to Austin's other Brutaly Fatal work), but there's still something there and it's not as ripe for controversy as some other Blood Shed songs. Check out Brutaly Fatal's new song below!
Finally for today, here's three assorted shorter news stories from the last little while, and as usual, these are in alphabetical order by band name:
- New local metal/punk quartet Chronic Demonic (featuring Frightlight and Faithless Sin alumni) have announced the names of four original songs being worked on via their Facebook page last week, and they're called "Dance With The Devil", "God Hates Fangs", "Follow The Bottle", and "War". Good signs, hopefully they'll be ready to rock the stage soon!
- This is obviously late given their sudden breakup on Sunday, but former local death metal band Crimson Crusade's only EP "Upon The Eve Of War" was uploaded in full onto frontman Devon Lucier's YouTube channel last month, so stream it there for a convenient (if slightly redundant) source of their only release! Best of luck to the guys going forward, I know they'll do great things!
- Newer local classic hard rock band The Thrill Junkies (essentially the successors to Turner Up & Havadder) have quietly parted ways with bassist Jamie Cameron, as per a post by guitarist Robert Brown on the Musicians Wanted Facebook group on Saturday. A reason for Jamie's departure has not been publicized, but to be fair, they don't have any online pages yet to do so either. If you're interested in trying out, message Robert on Facebook at this location or via the above link!
That's all for today, but stay tuned for this month's Defunct Local Band Profile on the aforementioned Sneaky Pete tomorrow! Thanks everyone!